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Terror threat hampers Afghanistan evacuation

U.S. marines at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Friday Associated Press/Photo by Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara/U.S. Marine Corps

Terror threat hampers Afghanistan evacuation

The U.S. Embassy on Saturday warned American citizens not to travel to the airport in Kabul without specific instructions from a U.S. government representative. An Islamic State group in Afghanistan reportedly made significant threats against Americans in the country, complicating already chaotic efforts to rescue U.S. citizens and allies after the Taliban’s takeover.

What else is happening in Afghanistan? The British military reported on Sunday that at least seven Afghans died in a panicked crush of people trying to enter the airport in Kabul. U.S. and allied troops airlifted 11,000 people out of Kabul in a 36-hour period, President Joe Biden said on Sunday. The Pentagon has ordered six U.S. commercial airlines to help move evacuees from temporary sites outside of Afghanistan. Through Russian mediators, the Taliban has offered to negotiate with leaders in Panjshir Valley, the only part of Afghanistan the militant group does not yet control. And the Taliban’s top political leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, arrived in Kabul for talks on forming a new government.

Dig deeper: Read WORLD’s ongoing coverage of the crisis in Afghanistan.

Lynde Langdon

Lynde is WORLD’s executive editor for news. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kan.


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